In February 2017, India will be hosting Bangladesh for a one-off cricket Test match. Bangladesh made it to Test status in 2000, but has yet to play a Test match on India soil.
The Test between India and Bangladesh will be played in Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium between 8 – 12 February 2017.
The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India’s Secretary, Ajay Shirke, commented on the upcoming Test: “India will play Bangladesh in a historic one-off Test match from February 8 – 12, 2017 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. The Test match will mark Bangladesh’s first official visit to India since attaining Test status in 2000.”
The President of the BCCI, Anurag Thakur, noted: “As a leading Test playing nation it is BCCI’s responsibility to give opportunity to every Test playing nation. It is my pleasure to announce the historic one-off Test match against our neighbours, Bangladesh, early next year. This will be a great addition to our home season 2016-17.”
The Test will take place as part of the Indian Test series that will take place between September this year, and March 2017. There will be 13 Test matches played during this period. Other countries that will be taking part are Australia, England, and New Zealand.
Nazmul Hassan, the Bangladesh Cricket Board President, also commented on the upcoming Test match between the neighbouring countries: “For the cricketers who will be representing Bangladesh and India, this will be a much-anticipated game and given the competitive nature of their limited overs matches in the recent past, I believe the clash between these two cricket crazy nations will catch the imagination.”
Hassan said: “The long wait for us to play a Test match on Indian soil is finally over and this is a time for celebration.”
Bangladesh and India have played each other in eight Tests since 2000. India won six of the Tests, and the other two did not produce a result. The upcoming tour to India is an important opportunity for Bangladesh cricketers.